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Reducing household waste is a goal that many of us already share – and that’s a good thing! But, while reusing and recycling are increasingly becoming an everyday routine, food waste remains an area that often slips by the wayside. Globally, humans produce an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste each year – a staggering statistic that has an impact not only on our planet, but also on our wallets. And that’s before you even consider the packaging that goes along with it.
The good news is, you can take some simple steps to reduce food waste in your own home.
The first action you can take happens before food even gets to your kitchen. Next time you’re out shopping, challenge yourself to focus on buying only what you truly need. Write a list, and be realistic about what you and your family will actually eat. Reducing what we purchase in the first place is a great way to reduce waste.
Once your kitchen’s stocked, it’s time to get creative about using the food you have. Try the simple tips below and think outside the bin!
Lunches can be a significant source of food waste too. As parents and caregivers, we never want our little ones to go hungry but it can be easy to overestimate how much they’ll eat. EasiYo reusable yogurt pouches are a great way to minimise lunchtime food waste. Each pouch holds 130mL of delicious homemade EasiYo yogurt, the perfect amount for little tummies. You can even keep make the pouches up beforehand and pop them in the freezer until they’re ready to be used.
So, you’ve bought less, you’ve eaten everything you can but there’s still food that simply can’t be used. Don’t worry, there’s one more opportunity to divert it from the waste cycle – create your own compost! It’s nature’s way of recycling, and it’s also the perfect solution for extra food scraps. There are loads of options these days from backyard bins to worm composting. Do a bit of research and you’ll find the perfect solution for you and your family.
Changing your habits for the better doesn’t have to be a solo pursuit! Rally your family and friends to get take up the challenge and change together. Rather than making food waste reduction feel like another chore, have fun and celebrate all the small wins along the way. At the end of the day, it’s all the little things we do that can make a great big difference.
 Source: Food & Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/196402/icode/)
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